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How Should We Elect the US President?

Updated on August 30, 2017

What Do YOU Think?

How should we elect the US President?

Do you think the current Electoral College system works well? Or, should the candidate who receives the most Popular Votes over all earn the position?

"Under the current system of electing the President, a candidate may win a majority of the Electoral College without having a majority of the nationwide popular vote. The National Popular Vote bill would reform the Electoral College by guaranteeing the Presidency to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and the District of Columbia)."


I think that the person who receives the most votes in Washington D.C. and ALL of the 50 US States should earn the Presidency.

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Number of Electoral Votes by State
Number of Electoral Votes by State

How should we elect the US President?

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An Explanation of the Current Election Process

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More Info on the Electoral College

The Electoral College consists of the electors appointed by each state who formally elect the President and Vice President of the United States. Since 1964, there have been 538 electors in each presidential election. Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 of the Constitution specifies how many electors each state is entitled to have and that each state's legislature decides how its electors are to be chosen. U.S. territories are not represented in the Electoral College. The Electoral College is an example of an indirect election, as opposed to a direct election by United States citizens (such as for members of the United States House of Representatives).

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More Info on the Popular Vote

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is an agreement among U.S. states that would effectively end the electoral college system of presidential elections and replace it with a direct, nationwide vote of the people. As of July 2008, this interstate compact has been joined by Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, and New Jersey; their 50 electoral votes total amount to almost 19% of the 270 needed for the compact to take effect.

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Popular Opinion at a Glance

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      karen-stephens 5 years ago

      Thank you for an intelligent site. angel blessings. xxo

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      For the people saying that "The majority vote would prevent presidents from visiting small states like Kansas". You guys do realize that the candidates in 2008 spent 98% of their time and money on just 15 states, right?

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      Christene-S 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Obama won both the electoral vote AND the popular vote, so in this case it is representing the people. (But I agree that we should use the popular vote.)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The electoral vote is an outdated system. It was established when information took a lot longer than a click or tap of a button to stay informed. The electoral college is not representing the people, as we can obviously see by this presidential election. We are an educated and informed people, living in a modern world, who can make informed decisions about who we want to run our nation especially since our country is, "for the people, by the people, of the people." As citizens of the USA we all act as a uniformed body in the voting booths around the country, no matter who we vote for. It's offensive to have some entity overrule the people's decision.

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      This is a nicely balanced presentation with some thoughtful, cogent responses in comments; what a breath of fresh air! I started the lens knowing my opinion, and found myself re-evaluating that opinion as I read through your lens. Great job!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think u guys should copy this and paste to all your comments if you want national vote because i believe that everyone has the chance to vote for your president and lower the age limit for voting to 14

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      jEsChrDs82 5 years ago

      Thank you for your lens, this is a very informative information I can use for my research on the US constitution.

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      ouriloilo 6 years ago

      It is the voice of THE people, not the representative of each state who should vote.

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      Jessi 6 years ago from United States

      I think the citizens should be the true deciders, not the electoral college. Also, the electoral college needs to be revised, there are some major flaws in the system.

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      ntonozzi 7 years ago Democracy - government by the people...The only fair way to do it is by popular vote. Anything else is not the will of the people. The electoral college is an outdated system that was never even functional.

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      jodijoyous 7 years ago from New York

      I agree with Tipi - a real issue, hurrah!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great idea for a duel, an actual issue, gosh!

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      Mrmakingusmile LM 7 years ago

      Its unfair and I'm so tired of all the drama and tricky situations through commericals that both sides put out to the world. Scrap the republicans and democrats as well as a national vote for president.

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      Tony Payne 7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Very informative lens. I definitely think that the way the election is held now is biased and unfair.

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Great explanations of both sides. Blessed by a squidoo angel.

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done; blessed by an Angel.

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      kab 9 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Oh and another thing...Again I am okay with weighting the system, but I don't think we need actual people to submit the vote. But, I also have a beef with this "winner takes all" for the votes. If 75% vote one way and 25% vote another, than the electoral votes should reflect 75% going one way and 25% going the other. Having it like it is makes me, as a New Yorker, feel like my vote doesn't count at all since NY is so predominantly blue it doesn't matter which way I vote, blue gets all the votes. If it weren't winner takes all, than I would be even more determined to make sure my (blue) vote gets on the books to stop the red from getting any electoral votes. Did I explain that well?

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      SideSplitters 9 years ago

      Great lens, a timely debate that should get some attention. Let's not see a repeat of what hapenned in 2000 (though it's way too late to change it for the '08 election).

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      kab 9 years ago from Upstate, NY

      What gets me the most is even if we wanted to weight the states like we have it now giving each a certain number of electoral votes, why do we have to actually PAY SOMEONE to do the actual vote. They should have no right to overturn the will of the people, and so there is no need for them.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Glad to see the topic being discussed. I can't believe and election that goes on two years and after all that one man one vote doesn't really rule. I am from Canada the Prime Minister declared and election on Sunday and we vote three weeks form that day. Popular vote rules